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Denmark, Copenhagen - May 19, 2019. The South African electronic musician, DJ and record producer DJ Lag performs a live concert during Click Festival 2019 in Elsinore.

DJ Lag Wins Copyright Claim Against will.i.am

South Africa's DJ Lag has reached an agreement of an undisclosed amount with will.i.am following the plagiarising of his hit song 'Ice Drop'.

DJ Lag has reportedly reached a settlement agreement with will.i.am after the American artist plagiarised his hit song "Ice Drop". This comes after American DJ Megan Ryte released her "Culture" single two months ago which allegedly sampled DJ Lag's "Ice Drop" without permission. The Black Eyed Peas frontman had seemingly "forgotten" to mention to Ryte that the beats were not originally his. DJ Lag happily revealed to South African publication, SowetanLIVE, that will.i.am has come forward to compensate him for his error.


Read: will.i.am Apologises for Plagiarising DJ Lag's Beats on 'Culture' Song

DJ Lag, one of South Africa's pioneers in gqom, reportedly would not disclose the actual financial settlement figure but said the following:

"My team at Black Major and their management team got in touch very quickly to discuss solutions. Communication was fast and I think this has something to do with all the pressure on social media. The settlement reflects my contribution as a composer of the music of 'Culture'. I can't share details but I can confirm that I am very happy with the settlement. It is all agreed and settled."

Megan Ryte's "Culture" featuring A$AP Ferg and will.i.am dropped towards the end of November 2020. The plagiarised song apparently spoke out against the poaching of Black culture for capitalist gains. Ironically, the song itself is a cultural appropriation of gqom beats originally created by DJ Lag. South Africans did not take long to raise the alarm on the theft of DJ Lag's beats across social media.

DJ Lag reportedly stated that copyright is a legacy issue. Considering that not all musicians or artist have the finance, he said that he is privileged to have had the financial backing to take his case to court. The international 25-year-old DJ hopes that his win will send a strong message against copyright infringement in the music industry. DJ Lag said he was grateful to every single person that backed him against the profiteering of his song. The DJ recently released Stiff Pap's "Ngomoso" remix featuring Moonchild Sanelly to start off 2021.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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